College of Business listed among ‘Best 295’ by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review once again has included Western Carolina University’s College of Business in a national publication listing the best schools in the United States at which to earn a degree in business.

The education services company profiles the WCU college in the 2014 edition of its guidebook, “The Best 295 Business Schools,” which is based on surveys of more than 20,000 students in business programs around the world.

WCU is profiled in the 2014 edition of "The Best 295 Business Schools."

WCU’s College of Business is profiled in the 2014 edition of “The Best 295 Business Schools.”

“We recommend Western Carolina as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

The guidebook’s two-page profile of WCU’s College of Business says it provides “solid preparation” for students in finance and general management, with a revised curriculum in its master’s degree program in business administration developed in collaboration among faculty, recent graduates and local employees that has resulted in a “quality MBA program with experienced, grounded faculty at a great price.”

Survey participants said that WCU’s MBA program encourages students to think for themselves and helps them become “better equipped to deal with future challenges.” Smaller class sizes mean that each student “has good learning opportunities” and “gets a lot of attention” from the “excellent, accessible professors with relevant professional experience,” students surveyed said.

The recognition of WCU’s College of Business and its MBA program by the Princeton Review for several consecutive years represents a point of pride, said its dean, Darrell Parker.

“This important external examination of our college lets us know we are offering programs of high quality that are meeting the needs of our students and of the region’s businesses that will hire them once they graduate,” Parker said.

With the opening last fall of WCU’s new instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville, the college is able to expand its master’s degree programs in business administration and accountancy to better serve the region, he said.

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is widely regarded as the international benchmark for business school quality. The college also offers top-ranked graduate programs in project management and entrepreneurship, both available online.

For more information about the College of Business at WCU, visit the website or call 828-227-7412.